West Vancouver Secondary School is proud to share with you that two of our graduating students from the class of 2015-16 were selected to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.
WVSS graduates Kelsey Winters and Lisa Oh will receive this recognition in the form of a distinctive medal, and at a formal ceremony in Ottawa presided over by the Governor General of Canada himself!
“The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrates a wide range of voluntary contributions.
As an official honour created by the Crown, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is part of the Canadian Honours System. … The Chancellory of Honours, part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the program.” reference
For more information on the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, including how to nominate someone in your community, please click on this Fact sheet fact-sheet_smv-july-2016
Kelsey contributed in excess of 200 hours of volunteer work at the West Vancouver SPCA where her supervisor credited her for “always being positive and leading by example”. In addition, Kelsey volunteered as a junior soccer coach where she shared her love of the game with aspiring young players. Kelsey still found time to maintain a 98% academic average at school and her teachers fondly remember her as “mature, conscientious, reliable, and well-mannered”! This year, Kelsey is pursuing a degree in Anthropology at UBC.
Lisa is credited with volunteering her time within the school and community. At WVSS she was actively involved in the Multicultural Club and volunteered many hours to help plan and run several successful school events. In the community, Lisa volunteered at numerous places including the West Vancouver Memorial Library, West Vancouver Senior’s Centre, Aquatic Centre, and City of West Vancouver. While at the library, Lisa was a Teen Advisory Group member where she acted as a “Book Buddy” for younger students. Lisa graduated from WVSS with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and Honours with Distinction! This year, Lisa is at the University of Toronto pursuing a degree in Life Sciences
Congratulations to both Kelsey and Lisa! We are very proud of your recognition, and we wish you all the very best in your pursuits this year!